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. what will the u.s. do in those countries, if anything? plus, does the united states have a responsibility to intervene in the humanitarian crisis that was this woman trashing a liquor store when she did not receive prompt attention from a clerk? we'll discuss. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. >>> american military officials are claiming initial success in isolating moammar gadhafi's regime, after a weekend of punishing allied air attacks in libya. according tocy officials, coalition strikes have crippled gadhafi's air defenses and a no fly zone is in place over the country. although gadhafi himself is not a target of what is being called operation odyssey dawn, at least not now. one of the strikes caused extensive damage to the libyan leader's compound in tripoli last night. at this hour, gadhafi's whereabouts remain unknown, but he has vowed to fight a quote long, drawn-out war with western forces. >>> meanwhile, the pentagon says there is so far no evidence that civilians in libya have been harmed in the conflict, although it w
zealand just last month. sean ibara joining us. they're expecting about 3:00 a.m. local time hawaii for a possible tsunami there. sean, what can you tell us? >> good morning to you, willie. my photographer and i are on the west side of the island of oahu. i can tell you we've passed several gas stations along the roadway here and i can tell you there has been a long line of people trying to figure up their gas tanks trying to get themselves in to gear. right now we're looking at police activity. they're trying to clear a bunch of homeless people which are living on the west side of this island and that is a big problem here. a lot of the homeless are not aware of what's going on. we do have police officers going up and down the coastline informing people. >> tell us what it was like hearing the civil defense sirens that sounded with 10:00 p.m. local time there last night. what were people thinking at that point so? >> it was an eerie feeling listening to them go off. it was something that hasn't happened in a while and it is something that people are not familiar with. so i'm not wi
those who are involved in international affairs to examine is a full range of options. i don't want us hamstrung. i want us to make decisions based on what's best for the libyan people in consultation with the international community. >> the president did leave open the door to not-fly zone, something secretary gates warned against. amid the ongoing violence, obama said he approved the u.s. of military aircraft to help migrant workers and other refugees return to their native countries. >>> the white house is proposing to trim $6.5 billion from the federal budget, though congress reached a deal this week to keep the government running for two more weeks, another deadline is looming in mid-march. yesterday joe biden carried the offer to capitol hill where he met for about an hour with top republican and democratic leaders. the proposal falls short of the more than $60 billions that the house voted on last month to slash from funding levellers, however the offer is characterized as an opening bid. house speaker john boehner telling the "wall street journal" he is determined to offer a bu
the situation does flash its abs when they can't think of anything funny to say. up with us early this morning. you're listening live on sirius xm radio. send us an e-mail, let us know why you're awake right now. we're not upset about that. we want to know why. text the word "awake" followed by your response to 622-639. you guys nail that every day. we'll read the best responses a little later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be a cram session for wednesday, march 16. there is a lot of news making headlines today, including the latest developments out of libya where muammar qaddafi's forces have the opposition on the ropes. who would have thought that the fight over the 16th seed could be so exciting. a full recap of last night's ncaa tournament games. that's up a little later. we want to get to the news live at 5:30 at 5:00 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. the world is watching a small crew of technicians in japan this morning. we're being called the country's last line of defense. trying to prevent an all-out nuclear cans th nucle nuclear catastrophe. the group of 50 were forced out of
in the final four bracket. i'm glad you're up with us on msnbc. shoot us an e-mail at "way too early" at and let us know why you're awake now or do what coach krzyzewski does and text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. >>> the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this thursday, march 17th. there is a lot going on today, including new developments out of bahrain why the government has unleashed an assault against the protesters in the capital. plus, tiger woods pays a visit to late night with jimmy fallon where jimmy challenges him to a round of golf. wii golf. we'll have that clip later. >>> first, let's get to the news, live at 5:30 a.m. here in washington, d.c., and on the east coast of the united states. the united states is taking a tougher stand on the mounting nuclear crisis in japan, authorizing the first evacuations of american government employees out of the country. in addition, the state department is warning all u.s. citizens to consider leaving japan. the unpredictable weather conditions risks spr
that they survived this assault by gadhafi's army. there have been several artillery round in this area. we're using this piece of concrete to take a little cover and to see if the rounds stop long enough for us to get out of the area. shockingly, the rebel we interviewed leaves cover to retrieve his plastic gun, but abandons it as we hear another explosion. we leave a few minutes later and find rebels regrouping at a safer distance. but without leadership or the close air support they desperately want from the west, the rebels are struggling. >> nbc's richard engel with incredible reporting as we did just about every day for us here at nbc showing the plight of the so-called rebels as they try to use toy guns and the like against tanks of moammar gadhafi. as western warplanes continue their international campaign in speaking on "hardball" last night deputy national security adviser dennis mcdonough. >> the president brought expanded community along outside the authority of the u.n. security council. we thought it was more important than to sit by and watch the slaughter of the innocent to bring alo
'm willie geist. this is "way too early" the show that could have used more sleep. shoot me an e-mail at waytooearly. or text to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes is the crack session for tuesday, march 22nd. a lot today including the latest on japan. plus, the donald looks back fondly on the time he screwed moammar gadhafi. let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock. >>> coalition forces launched a third attack on libya's capital. according to an american commander, the u.s. is scaling back its role in the conflict with an overwhelming share in yesterday's mission flown by pilots in yesterday's country in the international effort. the no-fly zone will be expanded toward tripoli paving the way for the united states to hand off command of the mission to the european allies. it's stopped gadhafi on benghazi. operation odyssey gone to prevent attacks on civilians is a tougher challenge. the killing continues. the white house may face growing pressure to expand by arming opposition fighters. here now, nbc news is with us live in
coming into us, there's a report that europe's air traffic agency says that libya has closed its airspace to all flights. this comes as obama administration officials say they are readying plans to enforce a no-fly zone over libya, after it was approved by the united nations security council yesterday. the resolution, which cleared with the backing of the u.s., france and great britain, authorizes "all necessary measures to stop moammar gadhafi including strikes by sea and air." the vote was 10-0 with five abstentions, including russia and china, which credited the arab league's endorsement not to veto. yesterday american officials said they expect an attempt to ground gadhafi's air force could begin by sunday or monday. as we just reported, the airspace appears to be closed over libya now. this would involve jet fighters, bombers, surveillance aircraft. the white house yesterday, press secretary jay carney, urged patience in ousting gadhafi. >> we are talking about an event that is only weeks old. to sergeant that somehow the -- you know, anybody could snap their fingers and when a leade
dahlgren, joining us by phone from tokyo with the latest. good morning to you. tokyo also reporting slightly elevated radiation levels this morning. there has got to be growing concern among residents there. a national population of 128,000 people. what is the primary concern? >> reporter: good morning, peter. well, the winds according to our experts are now blowing it toward tokyo a little bit. as you mentioned, there have been elevated radiation levels here. nothing that officials think is a health concern at this point. but you can imagine the sense of panic that really seems to be growing among people here and in the surrounding areas, watching the disaster unfold. here the latest that we know from the past 24 hours or so. we did see an explosion at that crippled plant in the third reactor, then a fire in a fourth reactor. it sent fuel -- in a spent fuel storage pod. the spent fuel may be boiling and that the water level may be falling. that's according to the tokyo election power company, the operator of that reactor. so a huge concern as they continue to watch that. the fire b
that is curious, how mike barnacle talked his way out of guest-hosting today. just saying. shoot us an email at to let me now why you are awake right now. you can text the word awake. we'll read the best responses a little later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this monday, march 14. a lot going on including libya, moammar gadhafi's forces appear to be making strong gains against rebel forces. plus let the dancing begin. the wait finally over, the ncaa brackets have been revealed. let the procrastination get started as well. we'll give you a full breakdown, a look at the top seeds, that's ahead in sports. but first we want to get to the news. live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. japan is working to contain a humanitarian nuclear and economic crisis. three days after getting hit by a devastating earthquake and tsunami. the pictures still so dramatic. right now, rescue workers are searching for survivors. largely in the country's coastal towns. where this morning, police say the death toll is mounting. in all, more than 10,000
equipment. some of their equipment dates back to world war ii. are you ruling out u.s. military hardware assistance? >> i'm not ruling it out. but i'm also not ruling it. in we're not taking anything off the table at this point. our primary military goal is to protect civilian populations and to set up the no-fly zone. our primary strategic goal is for gadhafi to step down so that the libyan people have an opportunity to live a decent life. >> not ruling it out but not ruling it in. obama also insisted that western air strikes until now have done a great deal to weaken gadhafi. >> our role is to provide support, intelligence, jamming capabilities, refueling capabilities, and so we have been able to spread the burdens of maintaining a no-fly zone and protecting civilian populations, and we can do that for quite some time. precisely because we built a strong coalition to make it happen. but gadhafi's been greatly weakened. he does not have control over most of libya at this point. so for us to continue to apply this pressure i think will allow us the space and the time to forge the kind of
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against the mighty, big-spending, heavily favored red sox. the question -- which excuse will you use to call out sick today? it's way too early for this. [ alarm ] >>> good morning, i'm willie geist. and this is "way too early," the show that tried to call out sick this morning but nobody answered the phone because at this hour it's pretty much just me and the cleaning staff here at 30 rock. glad you're watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail, won't you?, i want to know why you're awake. or tech the word awake followed by 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. >>> the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this thursday, march 31. a lot to tell you about including syria's president now blaming the unrest in his country on foreign conspirators. that's a popular one among despots. we'll see how the united states is dealing with syria. >>> plus, jay-z under investigation by the nba for visiting the kentucky locker room after their regional final win on sunday. we'll get to the bottom of that lam
gates on a visit to afghanistan where he declared the u.s. military will have a presence beyond the loose 205 deadline. >>> the wedding photo gone terribly, terribly, terribly wrong. >> oh, no way. we'll have the story and play the video on the loop. first, let's get to the news at 30 rock in new york city. there are new fears that libya is headed toward a full blown civil war. troops loyal to moammar gadhafi have launched an offensive as they look tory gain towns currently held by the opposition. over the weekend, rebels lost ground in their march toward tripoli after being driven back from a key battleground city. meanwhile, a french television network reports gadhafi is claiming the african union is sending a fact finding committee to libya that will show reports are a lie. ban ki-moon says gadhafi's foreign minister is allowing an assessment team to tripoli. the international community is struggling whether to impose a no-fly zone to prevent gadhafi from bombing his own people. yesterday senator joon kerry argued in favor of it. >> the last thing we want to think about is an
the real intent is to seize the country's oil. back in the u.s., the white house says president obama and british prime minister david cameron agree now that gadhafi must step down as quickly as possible. both leaders now talking with nato allies about possible responses to the violence in libya, including a no-fly zone. that option is something secretary of state hillary clinton insists must come from the united nations and not just the united states. >> i think it's very important that this not be a u.s.-led effort, because this comes from the people of libya themselves. this doesn't come from the outside. we think it's important that the united nations make this decision, not the united states. and so far the united nations has not done that. >> president obama's top national security adviser is expected to meet later today at the white house with options for gadhafi to step down. >>> a new report by the united nations finds the number of civilian deaths in afghanistan surged by 15% last year to the highest annual toll since 2001. according to the u.n., the taliban and other insurg
and this is a way too early." i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or stinli osiiuxm rao. t kwhy yu' ak ghnoor text awake to 622639. we'll read the best responses later. the next 30 minutes will be the cram session for this monday, march 28th. a lot going on today including new efforts by congressional democrats to strike a deal before the looming bunt deadline. plus, we'll explain what is happening in this photograph. i know the mayor is not running for another term here in new york city. but this is starting to get out of hand. we'll explain. first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. >>> after a week of international air strikes, rebels continue to push back forces loyal to gadhafi. this morning an opposition spokesman claims the rebels captured gadhafi as hometown of sirte, a city located half way between the rebel-held east and the government-controlled west. if that is true, it will be a significant victory for the movement which retook two key oil complexes and eastern town over the weekend. those developments come as nato agreed
is secure for gadhafi for now. here in the u.s., president obama appealing directly to gadhafi's inner circle to stop propping him up. >> i want to send a very clear message to those who are around colonel gadhafi. it is their choice to make how they operate moving forward and they will be held accountable for whatever violence continues to take place there. >> yesterday, president obama also authorized another $15 million in humanitarian aid to be sent to libya. meanwhile, britain and france say they're seeking author sooigs from the united nations for a no-fly zone over the country. however, any resolution is subject to the vote by the 15 members and russia and china rarely approve of such measures and of course as we've been telling you the united states still sitting on the fence about a no-fly zone, as well. >>> and yet another step back from the 2008 promise to close guantanamo bay, president obama says the administration will resume military trials for terrorist suspects detained at the prison. yesterday's move which lifts a two-year freeze on new trials comes after a month's lo
into rockefeller plaza to do a little figure skating. i'm glad you're watching with us on msnbc or listening at sirius radio and shoot me an e-mail. you can do what breezy does and text the word aquake followed by 622639. we'll read the responses later in the show. the next 30 minute will be a cram session for wednesday, march 23rd. a lot to tell you, including fears about the safety of food coming out of japan as u.s. puts a halt on some imports. plus, look at the scene outside today. this is happening right for you. two days into spring and it's snowing across the northeast. we'll have the ugly forecast that spans not just from here but all the way across this country. >>> first let's get to the news at 30 rock in new york city. four days of allied strikes apparently battered moammar gadhafi's air force and largely destroyed his air defense systems. however, there's little evidence the attacks have stopped his forces from killing civilians or shifted the balance of power in favor of the rebels yet. yesterday's gadhafi's loyalists made advances on misrata, the last opposition-held city in g
. i'm glad you're up with us watching on msnbc or listening live on sirris xm radio. let me know why you're awake or do what jim refredette does and take your response. we'll read the best responses later in the show. >>> the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this thursday, march 3. a lot to tell you about again today including a supreme court decision in favor of those creeps who protest the funerals of united states service men and women. we will hear from the high court's ruling. >>> plus, a frail steve jobs makes a surprise aappearance at the unveiling of the new ipad 2. we'll tell you what the business world is saying. >>> first let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock. >>> witnesses say pro-gadhafi forces are once again bombing a disputed town in eastern libya this morning a day after troops launched an unsuccessful ground and air attack there. opposition leaders are concerned that gadhafi loyalists are gaining ground and fear that toppling the regime may be tougher than they previously thought. in a speech to supporters yesterday, gadhafi warned that
. >>> as for u.s. efforts to isolate gadhafi's government, the senate has approved a resolution condemning the quote systemic violations of human rights in libya and the two u.s. ships that the pentagon ordered into the mediterranean sea have entered the suez canal, that according to egyptian officials. defense secretary robert gates is downplaying the possibility of american military intervention in libya, especially as it's fighting two other wars. >> all of the options beyond the humanitarian assistance, and evacuation, are complex. if we move additional assets what are the consequences of that? for afghanistan. for the persian gulf? and what other allies are prepared to work with us in some of these things? >> so gates takes a more cautious tone there. but secretary of state hillary clinton told congress yesterday that the u.s. must lead an international response to this crisis. >> we are taking no options off the table, so long as the libyan government continues to turn its guns on its own people. libya could become a peaceful democracy, or it could face protracted civil war, or it co
! >> winning! glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail -- let me know why you're awake. or text the word "awake" to 6226389. we'll read the best responses later in the show. >>> the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this tuesday, march 1. a lot going on including president obama's proposed big concession to the states on his health care law. >>> plus, if you're like me, you've been asking yourself what is next for ralph match yo? we have an answer for you. >>> first to the news live at 5:30 a.m. is. escalating hostilities are bringing libya closer to civil war. witnesses say forces loyal to muammar gadhafi tried but failed today to take an opposition-held city just 30 miles west of tripoli in six brutal hours of fighting. that development comes as gadhafi offers no hint of surrender. telling abc he is fighting terrorists, as he calls them, saying that his people would die for him. >> colonel gadhafi, the president of the united states, the leaders of britain and other leaders, are calling on
. barack obama offered -- would he have done that if he thought i had a background that the u.s. government had to worry about? >> ahead of today's hearings, 52% find it appropriate to focus house hearings just on u.s. muslims. king says h will not be silenced by political corrective. >>> in a conference call yesterday former house staffer newt gingrich is leading a bid. meanwhile gingrich is also taking steps to try to ease concerns about his personal life. you hear about this an awful lot from his critics. earlier this week he told the christian network that he sought god's forgiveness over an affair in the 1990s. >> there's no question that at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately i felt about this country, that i worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate, and what i can tell you is that when i did things that were wrong, i wasn't trapped in situation ethics because i knew things were wrong and i was doing them. i found that i felt compelled to seek god's forgiveness. not god's understanding but god's forgiveness. >> he has said re
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